Eric Berlin will be live blogging and drinking coffee throughout Election Day. Keep it tuned right here for the latest!
Entries are listed newest-to-oldest.
11:59 p.m. PST – Pasadena, California
It's 3:00 a.m. on the east coast, and the pundits are getting punchy. Chris Matthews and Keith Olbermann are discussing the voices in their respective heads and exchanging plaudits and donuts. Meanwhile, there's a dude on CNN ranting and raving.
I'm getting punchy myself so I'll sign off for the night. It's been great fun live blogging this election from my peculiar and hopefully entertaining perspective, and a great night overall!
11:30 p.m. PST – Pasadena, California
The size of the new Democratic majority in the House is looking to be in the outer ranges of most predictions, in other words a really and truly monster night!
Things started to "sink in" for me overall a little bit with McCaskill's victory in Missouri. I mentioned to a fellow Blogcritic on the phone this evening that I haven't felt quite this way since 1992, when I was a freshman in college. It just didn't seem possible, as a kid who grew up during the Reagan-Bush '41 years, for a Democrat to take over the White House.
Now we're on the cusp of seeing Democrats take over both houses of Congress. It's still looking like it's going to be a long march to get Webb over the top in Virginia. However, it's very very meaningful that he has the "high ground" of having the vote lead, about 11,000 votes at last check.
To wrap up: great great night for Dems, and getting very close to simply unbelievable.
10:44 p.m. PST – Pasadena, California
It looks like control of the US Senate might (if Missouri and Montana continue to lean the Demoratic way) come down to Virginia.
It's really tight, and the lawsuits and long waits may well lie ahead.
9:02 p.m. PST – Pasadena, California
Man, the Allen-Webb race is tight! MSNBC has Allen up by a few thousand, and CNN has it the other way. James Carville seems convinced that it's going to come down to Montana — if he's right, I think we just might squeeze out a Democratic Senate as well.
There's also a lot of talk about a Democratic sweep... in the Northeast, at the least. The picture in the rest of the country is still getting defined. But in any event, angry independents have spoken this year, and there will be major repercussions from it on many fronts.
Here's a quick sketch list:
* Moderate Republicans are now a rare breed
* Karl Rove's brand of rev up the base and scare bloody hell out of everyone else has finally failed
* Democrats are finally seeing their way to finding a ruling majority